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Posted On: 7 January 2022 08:49 pm
Updated On: 7 January 2022 09:45 pm

FAQs about Rapid Antigen Test

Leena Chung
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Ministry of Public Health released FAQs about COVID-19 testing in Qatar and below is the information about the Rapid Antigen Tests.

Q1. Which groups are eligible for Rapid Antigen Tests at approved medical centers?

: MOPH has approved the use of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) at authorized public and private centers for the following groups.

  • For people under 50 years of age who display COVID-19 symptoms.
  • For people under 50 years of age who are close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • For travelers returning to Qatar who require post-travel COVID-19 tests.

Q2. ​In which circumstances can a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test be used?​

  • Individuals with mild or moderate symptoms who suspect they may have COVID-19.
  • Asymptomatic (displaying no symptoms) individuals who suspect that they have COVID-19 due to being in close contact with a confirmed infected person.
  • Individuals who want to check their COVID-19 status before visiting a vulnerable family member or friend.
  • Testing before a social gathering.

Q3. What should people do if they test positive on a Rapid Antigen Self-Test?

: Individuals who test positive after taking a rapid antigen self-test should isolate themselves at home and avoid contact with family and friends. They may visit an approved medical facility for an official COVID-19 test to obtain a certificate and have their Ehteraz status changed. ​

Q4. Can Rapid Antigen Self-Tests be used for official purposes?

: No. Rapid antigen self-test results may not be used for official purposes such as pre-travel testing, changing Ehteraz health status, sick leaves, or official health certificates.​

Q5. Where are Rapid Antigen Self-Tests available to buy?

: ​​Rapid antigen self-tests are available in authorized pharmacies and Al Meera hypermarkets throughout Qatar. MOPH has set a maximum cost of QR35 per test, with a limit of 10 tests per person, per transaction. ​

Q6. Which type of COVID-19 test do people with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 require?

: People under 50 years of age with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should have a Rapid Antigen Test.​

Please make sure to check out the Ministry of Public Health's website to see the latest updates.

Source: MoPH